Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

The time has FINALLY come to re-do the scary bathroom.

KEEPING - The cabinet is at least ten years old but it was built to last, unlike the new ones you purchase in the home improvement stores.

REMOVING - Floor, fixtures, mirror, countertop, curtain rod, toilet.....
Wallpaper was removed before I took this picture. I started tearing it down the day we moved in. 

Walls - The walls were not prepared properly before the previous owners applied wallpaper. The walls either needed to be repaired or covered up since removing the wallpaper basically destroyed them.

We covered the walls with floor to ceiling beadboard. A very inexpensive way to update any room. You can find this at your local home improvement store.

Paint - Chose a NEW color that I haven't seen anywhere before. It just hit the shelves a few months ago at ACE hardware. I have always been a bit of a Benjamin Moore Paint snob, but I love this color and I wanted to give Valspar another chance. 

Floor - Super excited about my flooring. I made a trip to the Home Depot to purchase some flooring very similar to this design. Someone had ordered Pergo in Coastal Pine & changed their minds. DISCOUNT! Regular price is $39.16 a box. It was marked down to $29.66. I bought four boxes & I actually like it better than the one I had originally chosen.

***UPDATE: Floor still looks great a year after installation. The floors pattern doesn't show any wear or fading as I have seen other floors do. I have been very pleased.

I call it an instant coupon from God. 



It was time to get to work!

Paul laid the flooring. I lightly sanded the cabinet and stained using CABOTS PREMIUM WOOD FINISH. I chose Espresso. This is the BEST staining product I have ever used!

***UPDATE: Stain still looks like new and cabinets can be wiped off easily without any streaks. Planning on using this brand of stain to redo some living room furniture this summer.

New light fixtures, found at Lowes.

Found a new mirror at Homegoods for only $16.00!!

I removed the hinges from the doors and cleaned with mineral spirits. Instead of purchasing new hinges I spray painted the hinge with Brushed Nickel spray paint. 

Purchased a rust-free shower rod found at

Replaced the cabinet knobs & hinges.

New toilet.

New towel rods and door hooks

New toilet roll holder. YAY, it's the little things.

New countertop and faucet.

 A BIG THANK YOU to my wonderful son Spencer! He scraped, sanded & painted the ugly old popcorn ceiling.

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